HOLD! Pair of vintage (1970s) KLM Bols Royal Palaces. Most collectible and rare of KLM Delft Houses with original boxes.

HOLD! Pair of vintage (1970s) KLM Bols Royal Palaces. Most collectible and rare of KLM Delft Houses with original boxes.

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Vintage, original issue (1971) Blue Delfts Palace made in Holland.

Very rare and one of the most sought-after of the KLM BOLS houses, this Royal Palace is in MINT!, pretty much as-new condition having lived its life, thus far, sitting on a shelf inside its original box for more than 40 years.

About this item: My dad operated a liquor trade magazine for 30 some years. Most of his vintage bar collectibles (now my vintage bar collectibles!) sat on the shelf behind the bar in the magazine office untouched and looking awesome! Such is the case with the majority of the KLM Houses I put into the shop. This Royal Palace has been inside its box for decades and is totally MINT!

The strange but true history behind the issue of the KLM Delft Houses: There is quite a story behind these KLM BOLS Delft houses. The airline started issuing the miniature bottles in 1952. Back then, airlines were not allowed to give presents to their customers as this was viewed under the law as "unfair competitive practice". How life has changed! So, KLM cleverly combated this and went and had some Blue Delft houses made, filling them with gin. Then, of course, KLM's competitors complained "but KLM is giving presents to their Customers". To which the airline brass replied, "May we not decide how we would like to serve drinks to our Customers? Is there a law which tells us that drinks must be served in a glass?" The clever Dutch! ... and so the creation of the KLM houses began. In some countries, however, these bottles had to be opened and the gin served in flight, otherwise KLM would be violating certain Customs laws of certain nations. Very tricky business surrounding the issue of these little Delft houses! While the airline officially stopped producing and distributing these houses in 1995, every milestone reached by the airline still sees a special issue of the Delft houses released. It should be noted, however, that serious collectors disdain the 1995 - 2014 issues and consider them not to be official Delft houses, as KLM | BOLS moved manufacture of the houses from Holland to Singapore. The most recent house issue was in 2016 for the Het Scheepvaart Museum | Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (also available in the our Etsy Pattern shop using this convenient link: https://www.buyfromgroovy.com/listing/713146668/). Happily, KLM moved manufacture of this latest issue of Delft House, the Maritime Museum, back to The Netherlands.

The Royal Palace or Palace on the Dam Square was a very limited edition, special issue of the KLM houses and is the largest of them and most sought after. Originally issued exclusively to bridal couples flying KLM, the Dam Palace is THE true jewel of the KLM miniatures series and perhaps the most well-known building in Amsterdam. The Palace was made to scale in Delft Blue and this house was limited in production to only about 4,000. Lucky dad in the liquor business, he acquired 5 of them from the BOLS marketing people. I am starting out with 4 for sale and keeping one back for me because I love it so!

Condition: As stated, this Palace has resided inside its original box, also here, for more than 4 decades. Accordingly, there are absolutely NO! chips, nicks, cracks or fleabites, NO! crazing, NO! marks or stains. The inside bowl is clean as a whistle and the cork of the cap is unblemished. Original box is here and is also in clean and unbroken condition with extremely minimal shelf wear for its age. A fine addition to any collection of BOLS Delft housing and a super rare and collectible conversation | decor piece for your home bar!

Approximate measurements: 6-3/4" wide (edge to edge across the front) x 4-1/2" tall (base to top of center tower) x 2" deep with its original box.

Other original Blue Delfts KLM Bols houses, all made in Holland, are also available in the shop. DO! check them out also using this convenient link: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BuyfromGroovy?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&search_query=KLM+BOLS

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PLEASE NOTE: We CANNOT and DO NOT warrant that vintage items were at any time owned and used only by non-smokers. All vintage items listed in the shop are washed, to the best of our ability, however the smell of nicotine MAY BE PRESENT despite this. While this smell usually fades over time, please take note that this may be an issue with any vintage goods.

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Reviews (1)

Average:

While we experienced some difficulties far beyond the sellers control she did everything possible to make the transaction an easy one. Indeed during the purchase she was patient with all of my many questions and responded almost immediately to every text. Today we decided the package lost and she filing a claim tomorrow and I’ll be refunded my full payment. You couldn’t ask for a more honest and friendly seller to do business with. Just a note to other buyers-we’ve experienced some extraordinary delays, problems & other kerfuffles with respect to the refund and this seller has done everything possible to help on her end. I would not hesitate to buy from her again despite our ongoing problems.


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